What a great find!
We were sitting in the hotel breakfast trying to decide where to go when one of the parents from our Synchronized ice skating team brought up that she and her 2 daughters wanted to go Kayaking and said that the reviews for Crazy Woman Kayaks looked very good. She called and asked if they could take the 7 of us that morning as the other family had a flight in the afternoon. She said that would be fine, but she would not be able to get a guide, which was fine with us. An hour later we were there.
We arrived and she was setting up her table outside of the Nauti Parrot Restaurant in the parking lot. She has no dedicated building and it looks like she stores her Kayaks behind the restaurant. When we asked about bathrooms, we were directed to use the ones in the restaurant who rents her that space. I was a little concerned about that when I arrived as it seemed a little dodgy, but quickly became comfortable that she knew what she was doing.
Once we filled out the standard disclaimer form, she fit each of us with a life vest and a paddle. We then received some basic instruction. Although I’ve paddled before, I’d never known the proper way to use a Kayak paddle (pushing instead of pulling). This really came in handy as we had some headwinds going out and would have a lot more tired had I been doing it wrong. She gave us charts showing the area and recommended a few routes for us. She also gave us water proof bags for electronics at no additional cost. As my girls were getting in the water, she recommended they take off their shoes as they would likely get wet from the splashing from the oars. I chose to keep on my water shoes and they were indeed soaked by the end.
Our route took us out Hurricane pass, past Pelican bay, through Estero pass, into San Carlos Bay where we could see the Sanibel Causeway Bridge and Bunche beach. That took us about 45 minutes due to the winds/current. Coming back only took about 15 minutes. All in all, very enjoyable time!
My friend and I stopped by The Naughty Pine and spoke with you last Aug. We picked up our kayaks at TNP for a 2 hr cruise on the river. It was my first time kayaking but my friend is an old hat at it. Can’t remember the couple’s names who helped us at TNP but they were absolutely great to work with. They were very helpful and made the experience a lot of fun.
We had a blast going up to Marten Creek and your kayaks were a breeze to learn how to use.
Just wanted to thank you and let you know what a good time we had. And my husband Jim and I will be up in Trout Creek again mid-Sept and we plan on stopping by TNP and renting them again.
…A few days ago, on an unplanned stop in Thompson Falls, my friend & I saw a fun-looking advertisement for ‘Crazy Woman Kayaks’. Having just spent the day driving alongside lake Pend D’Oreille & the Clark Fork River, we were definitely interested in playing in the water! After calling the number on the sign, I was saddened to receive the ‘after hours greeting’, but I left a brief message anyway to say it had looked like fun, and perhaps on a future visit to T.Falls, we’d stop by.
A few minutes later, I received a call back from Sissel at Crazy Woman Kayaks, saying that since it was still light out, she’d be willing to let us rent a kayak! We were excited that she’d go out of her way to make this happen for us. For the next 2 hours, we had a wonderful experience, both in meeting & talking with Sissel and in the beautiful scenery while in a tandem kayak on the Clark Fork. We were amazed at how many different types of birds we saw, as well as plenty of jumping fish, otters, and a few deer. It was a lovely late afternoon, and the lighting, weather, and lack of insects was PERFECT!
I would highly recommend giving Crazy Woman Kayaks an opportunity to provide you with some entertainment while in Thompson Falls. Sissel is very friendly & knowledgeable. Although it was just in it’s early stages of having opened when we came through, she was very professional, and there’s a lot of equipment to accomodate various skills of kayakers, as well as larger groups. Now, give Crazy Woman Kayaks a call, and GET ON THE RIVER! You won’t regret it!
Great Falls, MT
Found Wonderful Seats for our kayaks. Sissel was very helpful. Been doing this for 20 years and Crazy Woman was the first place to ever provide whistle.
Tania + Eric Hunt
My eleven year-old daughter and myself had a wonderful adventure on your kayaks. We saw 3 manatees, 2 dolphins & 1 sea turtle. What an exciting time we had. I island animals love the kayaks. They are very curious and not frightened, like they are with the motor boats. Thanks!
….Beautiful weather + a gracious hostess. Thank you for making us feel like “old friends.”
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Hill, New York 13970
Appreciated the tips before we began. This is the best rental equipment we’ve had. Will recommend you to our kayaking friends.
Joan Bennett, Racine WI